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As American As Apple Pie?

As American As Apple Pie?

This article was first published on November 1, 2017. Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogs such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single...
Heart Health Month: Diabetes and the Heart

Heart Health Month: Diabetes and the Heart

As a child growing up in India, it was common to hear elders on both my mother’s and father’s sides talk about their diabetes and their high blood pressure. I used to overhear conversations about stents, angioplasty, and blockages during family get-togethers. My...
Visa dates

Visa dates

This column carries final action dates and other transitional information as taken from the U.S. State Depart­ment’s Visa Bulletin. The information below is from the Visa Bulletin for September 2017. In the tables below, the listing of a date for any class indicates...
Iconic Poet of Mughal India: Mirza Ghalib

Iconic Poet of Mughal India: Mirza Ghalib

Quaide hayaat band o gham Asal mein dono ek hain Maut se pehle aadmi Gham se bisaat khaye kyun The prison of life and the bondage of grief are one and the same Before death, how can a man expect to be free of grief? Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan, (1797–1869) was a...
Extreme Vetting-Desi Shtyle!

Extreme Vetting-Desi Shtyle!

As an immigrant many moons ago from India, it would not be a stretch to say that it took a while to both understand the firangi (read American) accent and become an active contributor to the same linguistic style. And I falsely believed that I could turn on the “fake...